Murder victim’s family visit university

THE parents and brother-in-law of murdered Lancaster University student Anuj Bidve last night visited the university campus.

Subhash and Yogini Bidve and Rakesh Sonawane met university vice-chancellor Mark Smith along with Anuj’s micro-engineering tutors and fellow students.

They also had the emotional task of collecting Anuj’s belongings from his room.

The university has provided the family with financial assistance.

The visit followed a packed day which began in London where they visited their son’s body at a funeral directors and met Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee, to discuss concerns about the police investigation.

Anuj’s father found out about his son’s death on Facebook at home in Pune, India, before officers in the UK were able to contact him.

This morning, the family were visiting the spot on Ordsall Lane, Salford, where Anuj was killed in an unprovoked shooting at 1.30am on Boxing Day during a festive visit to Manchester with university friends.

Kiaran Stapleton, 20, of Ordsall, Manchester, has been charged with Anuj’s murder and is remanded in custody until March 20 when he will appear before Manchester Crown Court.

Anuj’s body will be flown home to India tomorrow.